Bossier City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles provide a safe, reliable, and fun method of transportation for thousands of Louisiana residents. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents also tend to be over-represented when it comes to serious injuries and fatalities relative to other types of vehicles. It is not hard to understand why: When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist lacks any protection from the open road.
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. A motorist fails to keep a proper lookout and strikes a motorcycle that is attempting to pass. A speeding or drunk driver causes a head-on collision with a motorcycle that cannot get out of the way in time. Or perhaps the road itself is in a dangerous condition that is unsafe for even the most careful motorcyclist.
Whatever the cause, the experienced Bossier City motorcycle accident lawyers at Rice & Kendig, LLC, are here to help. We represent motorcyclists throughout the Shreveport-Bossier City area who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of other drivers on the road. We can assist you in fighting for the compensation you may be entitled to under Louisiana law from reckless motorists and their insurance companies.
The Severity of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Louisiana law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet that meets the safety standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation. But even with a helmet and other protective equipment, a motorcyclist can still sustain serious–even fatal–injuries in the event of an accident. Some of the more serious motorcycle accident-related injuries we deal with include:
- Road Rash – When bare skin scrapes road pavement following a motorcycle crash, there is often scarring and permanent nerve damage, which is commonly referred to as “road rash.” In severe cases, road rash may require surgical intervention and extensive physical therapy to overcome.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – The main reason Louisiana requires motorcyclists to wear helmets is to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury. Of course, “reduce” does not mean “eliminate completely.” Even with a helmet, there is always a substantial risk that when a motorcyclist’s head impacts the pavement following a collision, they will suffer permanent brain damage.
- Spinal Cord Damage – Next to brain damage, perhaps the next most serious type of injury we see in motorcycle accidents is spinal cord damage. In the worst cases, a motorcyclist may end up a paraplegic. But even in less-severe accidents, the motorcyclist may have to deal with chronic pain and partial paralysis.
- Lower Limb Injuries – Perhaps the most common motorcycle accident-related injury is a broken leg. The legs and feet are closest to the ground when an accident occurs. And if a motorcycle rolls over or crushes the cyclist, they may sustain significant damage to the ligaments and tendons in their lower limbs.
Contact Rice & Kendig, LLC, to Speak with a Lawyer
If a negligent driver caused your motorcycle accident, they can be held responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The first step towards obtaining compensation is to speak with a qualified Bossier City motorcycle accident lawyer. Contact Rice & Kendig, LLC, today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our personal injury team.